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Walks, Tours and Trails

AWEN: A Walk Encountering Nature

Tickets info

Date & Time
Thu 3 Jun—Sun 11 Jul
Free | Donations Welcome
Age Restriction
Ages 12+

Walks, Tours and Trails | Ages 12+

AWEN: A Walk Encountering Nature

About the event

AWEN is a self-guided walk developing a deeply personal encounter with the environment beyond human scale. Interactive art, sound, movement and play are prompted by global climate data and science.

Log onto the walk at from June 3. You can start your walk from anywhere in the world. As you move through your surroundings, you will receive poetic and playful prompts to your smartphone. 

This is a free pilot experience – help us with leaving feedback after your walk to inform future development.

Please wear suitable clothing for the walk. Small children should be supervised if they take part in the experience. Wearing headphones will give you the optimum experience - make sure to take care when crossing roads. Please maintain social distancing if you encounter people outside of your social bubble.

AWEN is part of, an Experiential AI research programme. Initiated by Drew Hemment, Chancellor’s Fellow and Reader at The Edinburgh Futures Institute, AWEN has been developed as a research collaboration with the Edinburgh Science Festival by a team of artists, scientists, designers, and AI specialists. They comprise Inés Cámara LeretSam Healy and Brendan McCarthy from Ray Interactive; Tom deMajo, Malath Abbas and Susie Buchan from Biome Collective; Amanda Tyndall and Jennifer Rodger-Casebow from Edinburgh Science; Martin Zeilinger from Abertay University; Matjaz Vidmar, Evan Morgan, Aditya KamireddypalliJulie Ann FoosheeWilliam Mackaness, Sophie Mackaness and Janet Archer from The University of Edinburgh.

Edinburgh Futures Institute

The University of Edinburgh’s Futures Institute pursues knowledge and understanding to help us to navigate our complex futures. Experiential AI is a research group at EFI and the Edinburgh College of Art. We support the creation of artistic works using machine learning algorithms and robotics, inspiring new concepts and paradigms on ethical AI. Experiential AI develops research on AI futures, science, art and ethics through collaborations with artists, festivals and the AI community.

Presented by The University of Edinburgh

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